Marilyn M. Hines, a Past President of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now Handbell Musicians of America), Honorary Life Member, and former Area 2 Chairman recently passed away. She is survived by her four children, Laura, Sherri, Jennifer and Kevin.
Marilyn was a unique and humble person who promoted handbells and people.  She was warm, tough, and energetic.  She befriended all and wished the best for them.  Marilyn inspired people to be more than they thought they could be.
She accompanied Sue Garton on the piano when Sue began her solo ringing career.  Marilyn directed her church handbell choir as well as a community choir in Grove City, PA.  She was instrumental in founding the North Hills Handbell Festival some 45 years ago.  Marilyn was a frequent participant in the Bay View Handbell Festival in Bay View, MI.
While these achievements are impressive, Marilyn was more than that.  She was real, authentic, and spoke her mind.  You always knew where she stood.  She made us feel we were family – we were her handbell family.
I will feel her loss for the rest of my life.
Bob Ward
Area 2 Past Chair

Please visit Marilyn’s memorial on the HMA website, which also links to a page where you may leave condolences for her family: